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FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website. Continue reading

Background Checks and Fingerprinting Considered for California State Health Insurance Exchange Workers

California state officials looking to hire 20,000 workers to help individuals enroll in the state health insurance exchange are considering whether these new employees – known as “assisters” – should undergo background checks and fingerprinting, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times available at http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/15/business/la-fi-insure-criminal-checks-20130315. Continue reading

Massachusetts Authorizes National Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Checks on All Teachers and School Employees

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill – H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks” – that closes an existing criminal history background checks loophole by authorizing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and school districts to conduct national fingerprint-based criminal history background checks on all teachers, school employees, and early education providers in the state. To read the full text of Bill H4307, visit http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04307. Continue reading

Background Check Information Allegedly Stolen at Fingerprint Center for Identity Theft

By Lester Rosen, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor

According to a report by KXXV-TV ABC News Channel 25 in central Texas, four women in the Waco, TX area were arrested on accusations they stole background check information from fingerprint applications. The women were indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Some of the women were also charged with aggravated identity theft. If convicted, they face up to 15 years in federal prison.

KXXV-TV reports that one of the women worked at a fingerprint center in Waco from March 2008 to July 2008 and allegedly stole thousands of background check applications that contained personal information such as social security numbers and birth dates when she left the company. The four women then allegedly used the stolen background check information to commit identity theft by obtaining credit cards, opening accounts, and purchasing items.

The story serves as a reminder of why the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers used in background checks must be protected from not only outside intrusions such as hackers and ‘phishers’ but also from potential internal threats like employee theft.

To help protect the personal information of consumers used in background checks and ensure data privacy and security, the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) created the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) to be a widely recognized “seal” of approval representing a background screening organization’s commitment to excellence, accountability, and high professional standards. The NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) oversees the application process and ensures that background screening organizations seeking accreditation meet or exceed a measurable standard of competence.

To become NAPBS accredited, a background screening organization must pass a rigorous onsite audit of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas of the BSAAP: Consumer Protection; Legal Compliance; Client Education; Product Standards; Service Standards; and General Business Practices. The BSAAP includes individual standards for the protection of consumer information such as:

  • Written Information Security Policy (WISP)
  • Clean Desk Policy
  • Anti-Browsing Policy
  • Document Destruction
  • Intrusion, Detection & Response
  • Stored Data Security
  • Password Protocol
  • Electronic Access Control
  • Consumer Information Privacy Policy
  • Consumer Credentialing
  • Employee Certification
  • Worker Training
  • Visitor & Physical Security

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading provider of background checks – has successfully proved compliance with the stringent standards of the BSAAP and is now formally recognized as BSCC Accredited. To learn more about accreditation, read the press release ‘Background Screening Credentialing Council Recognizes Accredited Companies’ at:

For more information on background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at http://www.ESRcheck.com.

Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay area, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is the company that wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. Employment Screening Resources is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) for proving compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). ESR was the third U.S. background check firm to be Safe Harbor’ Certified for data privacy protection. To learn more, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or contact Jared Callahan, ESR Director of Client Relations, at 415.898.0044 or jcallahan@ESRcheck.com.


E-Verify and other government background check requirements

By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources

2010 Trends in Screening Trend Seven:  E-Verify and other government background check requirements will grow

The government’s efforts to require employers to verify eligibly for employment gathered additional steam when the rules for the use of E-verify for federal contractors finally went into effect in 2009 after a number of false starts. The E-verify system utilizes databases administered by the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to verify a person’s eligibly for work in the United States. Private employers can still utilize the Form I-9 without using the federal E-verify program.  Yet it seems certain that with the ongoing discussions about the legal right to work in the U.S, it will only become a more important topic in the future. Individual states as well are involved in requiring employers to utilize the E-verify system.  Employment Screening Resources (ESR), is an authorized agent for E-Verify. 

In addition, there continues to be efforts at various levels of government to require fingerprinting particularly after an event hits the headlines where someone did something and a background check was not done.  Of course, fingerprinting is far from 100 percent accurate and it raises discrimination issues as well since the FBI records are unfiltered and may well contain data that cannot be used for employment purposes. 

As noted in trend number one:  Of course, it is interesting to note that nearly every time a legislator objects because there is too much screening, there is often a call by some other elected official for even more screening after it is revealed that some crime or offenses occurred where an inappropriate applicant was hired without a sufficient background check.  A listing of proposed legislation related to screening shows that legislators are both calling for increased privacy and protections for consumers at the same time they are introducing bills to increase background check requirements.

(Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading national online employment screening background firm, is releasing the  ESR Third Annual Top Ten Trends in the Pre-Employment Background Screening Industry for 2010. This is the SEVENTH of the ten trends ESR will be tracking in 2010.)